The Wynn Las Vegas Charity Gala raised an impressive $125,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas. The auction and accompanying celebrity poker tournament was sponsored by Full Tilt Poker and Bluff Magazine.
On auction were an autographed poker table signed by Team Full Tilt, basketball jerseys, private lessons from the pros, and other highly unique items. The auction raised a total amount of $100,100.
The tournament, held at the La Bete Nightclub in the famous Wynn Las Vegas casino, had a prize pool of $23,000, and the winners donated their prizes to the charity of their choice.
Among those participating in the charity tournament, were the poker pros from Full Tilt Poker (Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Phil Ivey, Howard Lederer, and many more), and other noteworthy poker players (Daniel Negreanu, Marcel Luske, Annie Duke, to name a few), as well as "real" Hollywood celebs like Ron Livingston (Sex and the City) and Jennifer Tilly (Liar Liar).
The tournament was won by the actor Erik Gonzales (ER). He donated his winnings to his charity of choice, the orphanage Friends of El Faro.
During the course of the evening, Full Tilt Poker raised and donated close to $125,000 benefiting various charities. Raymond Bitar, Full Tilt's CEO, commented: "Being able to support these worthy causes was the icing on the cake that topped off a wonderful evening. We are happy to have played a part in helping others and look forward to doing more."